Ashes 2017-18: Mitchell Starc raring to go for Sydney Test

The fifth Test in Sydney will mark an end to the Ashes series.

Steve Smith | CA

Australians have been already enjoying their success in the ongoing Ashes series and now for whom have one more good news to celebrate, as they can enjoy blistering bowling of their star pace spearhead Mitchell Starc once again in the prestigious five-Test series against England at home.

Mitchell Starc, who injured his heel during the Perth Test which forced him to miss the drawn fourth Melbourne Test, will play the dead rubber against England, confirmed by Cricket Australia (CA) and Captain Steve Smith on Wednesday.

As per AFP, Smith said, “Starcy has pulled up pretty well this morning and he says he's ready to go. I guess that's a good indication. The break he’s had from bowling has helped his heel heal. It’s coming along nicely so he’s confident and you’ve also got to take the player’s word sometimes.”

With extra grass on the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch, where final of the Ashes 2017-18 will be played, Smith probably will opt for just the one spinner against the English batters.

The Aussie skipper further added on the same, “The wicket's got a fair bit of grass and looks to be a pretty good wicket. I'd say we'll probably opt for just the one spinner. Nathan's done a terrific job throughout this series and I'd say we'll go down that route.”

So far in the prestigious Test series, Smith has amassed 604 runs and became Australia’s first captain to cross 600 run mark in an Ashes campaign since Don Bradman, as well as the fourth-most by a captain in an Ashes series, with Bradman is on top with 810 runs in 1936-37. Now, there are high-chances of the right-hander’s to join Bradman in the Sydney Test with his sizzling form with the bat.


By Rashmi Nanda - 03 Jan, 2018

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